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Cheap Alternative to the Honl Speed Strap

I’ve been considering buying a Honl Speed Strap to attach a Gel Clip that I was given to my flashgun, but think that £8.99 is a bit much for a length of stretchy velcro with a Honl label on it.

Yesterday, I was in Halfords, of all places, and I found some Velcro Stretch Straps (priced at £4.79 for 2 straps), so I picked up a packet and took them home, as I thought that they might make a cheap alternative to the Speed Strap.

First impression is that these straps are much too long (68 cm) for what I intended, and will definitely need to be cut down to be useful on a flashgun.

The plus side is that each strap should make at least 2 straps for flashgun use, so thats 4x straps for about half the price of a single Honl Speed Strap.

However, whilst they are stretchy, these straps are NOT rubberised, and so will not be as secure as the genuine Honl Speed Strap.

Testing the un-butchered straps on my Speedlite 550EX revealed that they are reasonably secure and can be pulled very tight.  However, unless some non-slip matting (that you use to stop things sliding around a vehicle dashboard) is also wrapped around the flash head, then the usefulness of these straps to secure large flashgun modifiers is probably fairly limited, although I haven’t yet put it to the test.

My main requirements were:

  1. To secure a plastic Gel Clip to my flash head without using permanent sticky velcro; and
  2. To secure bare flash gels to another flash head without using sticky velcro.

When shortened to the correct length, these straps perform these functions very well indeed.  I Haven’t yet got around to building a large softbox for my flashguns, so I can’t comment on how well these straps will secure a large’ish modifier, but I hope to complete the softbox in the next month or so.